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CCAC North Campus chapter of honor society receives national Chapter Excellence Award

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County’s North Campus chapter of Psi Beta, the Community College National Honor Society in Psychology, has received the 2018–2019 Chapter Excellence Award. This is the second time the chapter has received the honor, which comes with a monetary award. The chapter also received the national award in 2008–2009. The mission of Psi Beta is to encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

“We’re very proud, and we feel honored to have been recognized in this way,” said CCAC Psychology Professor and Psi Beta Advisor Allison Barash. “People seem to like our programs, and we get a lot of positive feedback from students.”

CCAC Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psi Beta Advisor Anne Louise Dailey, who has been teaching at the college since 1968, started the chapter in 1981. In total, more than 1,200 students have joined the chapter, and an induction ceremony has been held at North Campus every year (biannually in recent years) for the past 38 years. Currently, the chapter has approximately 45 active members.

Dr. Dailey said she continues to promote the honor society because it provides an avenue to encourage student development outside the classroom. Members have the opportunity to participate in research projects and national conferences and be eligible for awards. Every semester, the chapter sponsors at least two speakers who talk on a topic of interest to the group. On October 22, Dr. Gesa Wellenstein, CCAC adjunct professor of Psychology, will present “How to Live with Trauma.” At an induction of new members on November 20, entrepreneur Rocco Cozza will offer the keynote speech “Five Ways to Unlocking Your Greatness and Living Your Best Life.” Students, faculty, staff and family members are welcome to attend the event.

Another main focus of the honor society is community service. Each year, the chapter co-sponsors a highly successful campus blood drive with the college’s Military & Veterans Services. During the holiday season, members also make holiday favors for Meals on Wheels and Presents for Patients, and much more.

CCAC averages more than 300 psychology majors each year; however, the chapter is open to anyone with an interest in psychology and to students from any campus. CCAC South Campus also has an active Psi Beta chapter that was established in recent years.

To join either chapter, students must have completed 12 credits, earned at least a B in a Psychology class, have an overall GPA of 3.25 or greater, and pay a one-time fee of $50 to the national office.

For more information about the North Campus chapter of Psi Beta, contact Prof. Allison Barash at or at 412.369.4129 or Dr. Anne Louise Dailey at

Photo: Pictured are advisors and officers of the CCAC North Campus chapter of the Psi Beta Honor Society, from the left: Psychology Professor Allison Barash, advisor; Nikita Simile, secretary; Anastasia Tsouris, treasurer; Katlin Hanlon, president; Professor Emeritus of Psychology Dr. Anne Louise Dailey, advisor; and Jessica Juracko, vice president.